Lahaina, Hawaii, US
Scenic Maui & Honu Pizza: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 5 Hours
The real Hawaii is alive and well on Maui -- vacation spot for 19th-century Hawaiian royalty and, today, for you. Maui's lush valleys, working farms, spectacular beauty, and sofisticated restaurants featured in Food & Wine Magazine continue to attract visitors from the world over.
Step ashore and travel around the southwest side of the island to the deeply-incised Iao Valley. You'll pass through Wailuku -- the county seat -- with its charming wooden storefronts, and Kepaniwai Park where King Kamehameha vanquished Maui's hopelessly-underpowered army.
Turning west, you'll enter the Valley of the Kings. Iao Valley State Park is surrounded by valley walls that soar heavenward. Take a stroll along a path on the valley floor leading you to a viewpoint beneath the iconic Iao Needle. This sacred volcanic pinnacle is a rather interesting geographic anomaly.
Next, head to the sensory paradise of the Maui Tropical Plantation in the Waikapu Valley. Under the backdrop of the bright-green West Maui Mountains, this60-acre working farm celebrates the island's tropical bounty with 2,000 surreally lush acres of pineapples, sugarcane, plumeria, orchids and other Hawaiian crops and flowers. A stroll along the pathways here is a riotous introduction to Maui's floral color. At the country store that specializes in made-in-Maui products, stock up on macadamia nuts, Hawaiian-grown coffee, guava jam and other island finds.
End your day back in the former whaling villageof Lahaina. Honu Pizza, named after the beloved Hawaiian green sea turtle, serves pies topped with seafood and other local treats. This super-stylish waterfront pizzeria boasts a dedicated local following.
Participants must climb steps at the Iao Needle; you can see the Needle from the minibus if necessary.